Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vertuccio Farms

I debated for two weeks whether or not I'd take the kids to a pumpkin patch/farm. I finally decided just to do it. 

In Washington you go to the farm and play and do everything for free (except the corn maze usually) and then you pay a boat load for the pumpkin or whatever else you buy (we always got fudge). But here you pay just to get into the farm… this is exactly how I feel about that:

But yesterday was the last "toddler tuesday" where it's half price for parents and kids under 5. So it only cost $9. (The farm by our house is $17 per person!!) The line was over 20 minutes just to get in. And then we waited for the cow train. 

The cow train was actually pretty awesome. 

Breckie loved looking at the animals and Everett loved playing on the toys/activities. 

There was a bounce house that Everett liked and then this HUGE "air pillow" kept him 100% happy for over 20 minutes. It was really fun and adorable to see how much fun Everett had on it. He was super red in the face and sweat was running down his face when he was done. 

The farm was pretty cute. The don't grow the pumpkins here though… they grow them in Duncan and truck them in. 

It was about 10:45 and was getting pretty hot already. So we decided to ride the other train before leaving. This train took us through the corn field and the citrus orchard. 

We only did about half of the things there but we were ready to go. It was pretty warm and the kids were both tired of being in the sun and Everett was sweaty from jumping… so we headed to the car. On the way out Everett decided to go down the tube slides a few more times. 

He LOVED those and it was so hilarious because he would "woo hoo" all the way down and he's just so loud that he made everyone laugh. 

Both of the kids were super good and I'm sure we'll be back next year… on toddler tuesday since that's the only day that makes financial sense!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Primary Program

The primary program was yesterday. It's the best Sunday of the year! This was the first year Everett was old enough to participate and I honestly didn't think he would. 

But he did! 

And by participate I mean he held on to the back of the pew and jumped and bounced and nearly knocked the little girl next to him off. (The Sunbeams were on the front row pew and stood up and turned around for the songs). But he sang a word or two here and there and said his part in the microphone!

It was fantastic and Breckie wanted to be up there the entire time. 

I tried getting a picture of how cute they were but Everett insisted on sitting on the exercise ball and then at one point they were both in tears.

I'm so grateful for all the the teachers and primary workers that teach Everett and helped put on the program. It was so cute and I'm already looking forward to next year!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunrise To Sunset

I like riding bikes. I always have. 

For my birthday Jake got me a road bike. I've been so excited to get out and ride it but I don't know enough to just go ride it on the road in traffic by myself. So Saturday morning I got up early and went for a ride before it got too hot and there wasn't much traffic. 

I actually made Jake get up too because I couldn't figure out how to air up the tires! I was out early enough to watch the sunrise. 

I've always been terrified of having my foot clipped into the pedal because what if I needed my foot??! So I spend a good part of the ride clipping in and out so that I wouldn't fall down at a stop sign. So I came to a stop sign with my foot unclipped already and safely put it on the curb. Then I turn my head to the left to look at the sunrise… and BAM! Next thing I know I'm falling to my left. Hopefully I get used to them pretty quickly!

But I survived my first ride. Then I got invited to ride with two other couple that afternoon. We left at 4:30 and rode up by the San Tan National Park. It was fantastic. It was absolutely beautiful. The sun was setting behind the mountains and the silhouette of the cactus… total Arizona beauty! And it was warm and perfect and I can't wait to do it again. 

We got back at 6:00… just in time to shower and go out to dinner. So we went with those two other couples to the Olive Mill and sat outside under the string lights. We had a really great time and I finally feel like I'm starting to fill that space in my life that was previously filled with running half marathons with my gym friends. And it feels really, really good!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Morning Shenanigans

This morning included Breckie cleaning the bathroom…

I mean washing her hands. And the mirror. 

And giving me the stare down while soaping up the counter. 

And then she completely flooded the sink and counter which is how she I ended up cleaning the floors too. 

And about an hour before this she and Everett had bagels… with frosting and sprinkles. That was AFTER they already had Lucky Charms and Breckie picked out and ate only the marshmallows. 

According to Everett that makes me #1 mom. 

And the other reason I know I'm #1 mom is because I had to take a picture of Breckie with the bucket stuck around her neck when they were playing in the sandbox... AFTER she was bathed and clean, of course!

The best part is that everything was Breckie's idea. The sick (she pumped her own soap/turned on her own water), the bagels and frosting, and the bucket around her neck. She came to the door crying and I kept hearing her cry echoing in a bucket and wondered what she was doing.

 Now that I think about it I'm actually not sure if the bucket was her idea or Everett's…

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday Nappers

Put a little hair on Breckie's arms and they'd be twins!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Everett Lately

Everett likes electronics but I'd like for him to play outside… his favorite thing to do in our backyard is play in the mud/dirt. 

So one day I made him a sandbox. It's been nice :)

He's been pretty mean to Breckie… see bottom right...
I hate it. He's usually mean to her when she wants to play with him and his toys but he doesn't want her to. And, of course, there is the random push or trip or hit or squeeze when he thinks I'm not looking. 

He loves legos. 

He is being SO bad at eating food right now. Most nights I have to gear up (mentally) for a battle. So at this point I'm just trying my best to get anything in him besides cereal, tortillas and crackers. He's done this before and hopefully he gets sick of it soon and starts eating a wider variety again. The other day we made pumpkin roll and he really liked that! (It's one of my all time favorites). 

Eating out with Everett and Breckie is like signing yourself up for highway clean up or something. It's ridiculous. On Saturday we had a family outing and we were ready to just leave Everett there!! (I was pretending to take a picture of Everett but really I was taking a picture of those two old guys out for a lunch date. Adorable!)

He is doing really well at school and loves it. He is doing amazing at playing with other kids at the park and making friends. It makes me extra happy because he's been shy for a long time so this is a big deal. And now that he is almost communicating like a typical 4 year old (still maybe slightly behind) it is easier for him to play and make friends. 

He is becoming more independent. He insists on pushing the shopping cart, loading groceries, and REFUSES to let me help bring them in the house. It is so cute!

Don't judge me!! 7 boxes of lucky charms and funfetti does a body good… lol!

Looking back through the years and remembering all of the hard, challenging times and years full of worry, I feel like Everett is in a really good place… I just need to get him to eat food!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Breckie Lately

Most of these pictures don't even require words or explanations… they're just Breckie. 

She's wants to do EVERYTHING Everett does. If I tell Everett to go and put his shoes on for school she'll run to the closet and try and get her shoes on. When we ride scooters she wants to ride too. 

She is sassy. 

She tried on a little eye liner. 

She REALLY wants to do everything we do...

She's pretty much grown out of all of her clothes so she's naked or just diapered most of the time. She pooped in the kid potty once but the big potty is scary and dangerous. We're still far away from being potty trained. She likes to rub food all over herself and in her hair. 

She is naughty. 

She still has a mullet but it's growing… I tortured her and put her hair in pigtails once. They lasted 7 minutes. 

She tells me NO all the time. Loves stuffed animals and blankets. Repeats everything we say. Is totally adorable and we love her guts!